March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm
“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012
Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon
The new 2013-2014 season is now up but at the moment (October 2013) rides are in flux whilst I sort out organising them! See plans on Future Sheffield FNR page, but take note, these plans may change so get on the email list (email@example.com) or like the fb page
All details on Next Sheffield FNR page.
View Foodbanks (www.sfnr.org.uk) in a larger map
Heads up! Carry 9 items of food to donate one item at each food bank, 20 miles all on roads and two big climbs – really give some of yourself to charity. Bring lights and locks!! The usual Sheffield streets and paths – so tough tyres, bring a spare tube.
Finish by 10, no pub break but ‘last supper’ at the end at Heeley Institute. All welcome to join the riders, bring food donations, and bring yr own sarnies but there will be a bar!
Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen
I think Edinburgh Bike Coop and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details
Learn how to use the
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.
Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great tune about liberty and joy for us to hum and la la la as we pedal
Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.
Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this
Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide www.fridaynightride.com (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.
“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”
“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”
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